Interim Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal, on Friday, announced the budget 2019 and gave relief to the Indian filmmakers. Goyal announced a single window clearance for the Indian filmmakers while shooting for films in the country. While presenting the budget, he said, “Entertainment industry is a major employment generator. To promote the entertainment industry, there will be single window clearance to ease shooting of films. This was earlier available only to foreigners (and) is now going to be made available to Indian filmmakers as well.”
He also mentioned the anti-camcorder provision to be included in the Cinematograph Act to control piracy. The government’s attempt to give importance to the film industry has been lauded by the people in the business. Siddharth Roy Kapur, President, Producers Guild of India, expressed his views on the government taking notice of the piracy problem and said, “We are delighted that the immense contribution of Indian cinema towards employment generation in the country has been acknowledged and applauded in Parliament during the presentation of the Union Budget.”
He added, “The announcement of a single-window clearance mechanism for Indian filmmakers filming within India is a significant step and has the potential to play a huge role in boosting tourism in the country. The amendments in the Anti Camcording provisions will support the industry’s growth by curtailing illegal recordings of films in cinema halls and will go a long way towards reducing piracy.”
Last year, in the budget 2018, the government had announced that an amount of Rs 118 crore was being set aside for the cybersecurity projects. However, nothing could really make an impact as most major films kept leaking online. The industry wishes to benefit big from the currently proposed provision.
Goyal also mentioned Uri: The Surgical Strike in the parliament. The film, directed by Aditya Dhar, features Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam in the lead.